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March 19, 2018 | No Comments

The Liberal’s ‘Values Test’ Puts Jobs in Jeopardy

For 10 years, Edmonton’s Zion Baptist Church of Kensington has hired students to run programs and activities including a summer camp for children, many of whom were from low-income families.

They did it through a federal government program called Canada Summer Jobs grants, under the auspices of Employment and Social Development Canada.

For the church, the program was a win-win.

A young person got hired at a modest salary, oftentimes to their very first job.

With oversight from a church official, that young person supervised neighbourhood children leading them in free healthy activities ranging from carnivals, to senior citizen teas to barbecues to summer day camp.

“It’s been a very successful program,” says church Pastor Craig Traynor.

 

 

But this year the successful initiative is in jeopardy.

The church’s application for a student to run the program has been rejected because officials felt they could not in good conscience check off a new attestation box on the form — a requirement that was introduced this year by the federal Liberal government and has caused widespread outrage especially among faith communities.

That attestation (or values test) says the job and the organization offering it must respect individual human rights in Canada including the values “underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”

Fair enough, says Traynor. His church was good with that.

But what it was not good with was a further demand in the attestation that the organization a.k.a. the church must support “other rights. These include reproductive rights…”

That was something the pastor or other church principals could not sign.

Instead, Traynor wrote a response on the application form that reads in part:

“On the basis of religious conscience, we are not prepared to express the words that the minister [of the Crown] has required in the applicant’s guide.

“We attest that we are committed to upholding our obligations under all Canadian law, including Charter and human rights law.

“We believe the minister does not have the jurisdiction under law to compel someone to make a statement or adopt a belief, especially one that conflicts with our religious conscience under the Charter as a condition of receiving funding.”

Ironically Pastor Traynor’s church does not have an official policy or bylaw related to reproductive rights.

“We have people who are pro life and we have people who are pro choice,” he says. “We are very tolerant.”

That’s in stark contrast to the intolerance shown by this outrageous attestation, or values test, demanded by the federal Liberals.

Another great irony is the Liberals’ demand for people to agree to the rights stated on the application actually undermines and violates peoples rights.

“The requirement of the government to force us to make the attestation is a violation of our constitutional rights,” says Traynor.

In a last follow up letter to government officials he writes: “Our religious beliefs and obligations, our conscience, our beliefs, thoughts and opinions all preclude us from making the attestation…It is for this reason that we request an accommodation of our Charter rights to freedom of religion, freedom of conscience, freedom of believe, freedom of opinion, freedom of thought, freedom of expression and equality rights.”

The pastor is not optimistic the government will overturn its draconian values test, but he and others are determined to continue to pressure them to do so through social media and letter-writing campaigns, including sharing the website: www.stopthevaluestest.ca

“I know lots of other churches and pastors are very upset at this,” he says.

The true irony is that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal MPs constantly preach as gospel that all Canadians must be tolerant, understanding and inclusive.

But I guess that applies to everyone else except him and his fellow Liberals.

That hypocrisy is truly vile and disgusting.

Click here to find out more or to send the prime minister a message Stop the Value Test.

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February 8, 2018 | No Comments

Speaking in the House about political fundraising laws

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January 7, 2018 | No Comments

Blessed Christmas Greetings

My warmest wishes to all those celebrating Christmas today according to the Julian calendar!

May your homes be filled with joy, peace and hope. 

Merry Christmas!

 
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December 22, 2017 | No Comments

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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December 13, 2017 | No Comments

A new take on an old Christmas tune

In the spirit of giving, I decided to try a new take on the old jingle bells tune. I wanted to give the Liberals a figurative lump of coal for a few of the ways that they’ve been naughty this year.

 

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December 11, 2017 | No Comments

An ISIS fighter returning to Canada should be prosecuted

The Liberal government’s plan to rehabilitate ISIS fighters who return to Canada is misguided and points to their perverse priorities.

Our former Conservative government took strong action to combat terrorism and keep Canadians safe. It’s troubling that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government doesn’t share the same priorities.

The so-called rights of terrorists should never be placed above the rights and security of law-abiding Canadian citizens.

An ISIS fighter should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law if they return to Canada.

That’s why Conservatives put forward the following motion in the House of Commons:

That the House:
(a) condemn the horrific acts committed by ISIS;
(b) acknowledge that individuals who joined ISIS fighters are complicit in these horrific acts and pose a danger to Canadians;
(c) call on the government to bring to justice and prosecute any ISIS fighter returning to Canada; and insist that the government make the security and protection of Canadians its priority, rather than the reintegration of ISIS fighters, or the unnecessary financial payout to a convicted terrorist, like Omar Khadr.

Shamefully, Liberals voted against our motion.

What’s worse, Liberals are offering ISIS fighters taxpayer-funded reintegration training. Meanwhile, they are clawing back on the benefits and allowances available to Canadian Armed Forces members who are injured in the line of duty.

Conservative have called – and will continue to call – on the Liberal government to enforce measures that hold terrorists accountable for their crimes and to take strong action to keep law-abiding Canadian citizens safe.

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December 8, 2017 | No Comments

The Liberal plan to reintegrate ISIS fighters puts the safety of Canadians at risk

An ISIS fighter should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law if they return to Canada, not offered taxpayer-funded reintegration training.

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November 24, 2017 | No Comments

Liberals are rushing ahead to meet their arbitrary deadline to legalize marijuana

The Liberal government needs to stop and listen to the scientists, doctors, and law enforcement officials who are telling them that their plan to legalize marijuana is being rushed through without proper consideration of the negative impact of such complicated legislation.

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November 22, 2017 | No Comments

The Liberals are rushing to legalize marijuana without a plan to protect youth

Justin Trudeau’s government is rushing to legalize the recreational use of marijuana without proper planning or consideration of the negative ramifications of their legislation.

It’s very concerning that it doesn’t keep marijuana out of the hands of children. 

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November 11, 2017 | No Comments

Today on Remembrance Day we pause to remember the tremendous sacrifices of Canada’s veterans

This year we’ve marked some important milestones in our shared history.  In August we honoured the 75th anniversary of Dieppe.  In April we commemorated the 100th anniversary of Vimy.  And this November we reach the 100th anniversary of Passchendaele.

Like the brave heroes that fought in those great battles.

The men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces have never wavered in their resolve to defend our country, our values and our way of life.

The freedoms and the values that we cherish as Canadians exist because of the selfless sacrifices of Canadian Armed Forces members during times of war, conflict and peace.

Today we pay tribute to those that have sacrificed all and thank those that stand ready to do the same.

To all of Canada’s Veterans and Canadian Armed Forces members, thank you for your service. We are indebted to you.

Lest we forget.

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